NBA mock draft 2013: Magic select Nerlens Noel in Sporting News mock

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The shot-blocking center is the top overall choice in Sporting News' mock.

The Orlando Magic will pick no worse than fourth in the 2013 NBA Draft, assuring themselves of an excellent chance of securing a top prospect. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Orlando should select Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel with the first overall pick.

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"Noel may be out with an ACL injury, and he might not be ready for the start of the season," Deveney writes. "But the consensus is that he remains the best player in the draft."

At 25 percent, the Magic have the highest odds of landing the first pick. Noel doesn't project to be a superstar, and the torn ACL in his left knee may rule him out for the entire 2013/14 season, but the 19-year-old big man is talented. In his lone season at Kentucky, the Massachusetts native averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.1 steals, and 4.4 blocks per game.

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